‘Find your passion, work hard at it’
Phil Hillyard is one of Australia’s leading photographers. A multi award winning photojournalist who specialises in sports and portrait photography. He worked as a staff photographer with News Corp Australia for more than thirty years and his work has adorned the newspapers for decades in Australia capturing many iconic images.
Phil is widely respected across the media and sporting bodies and has great rapport with the athletes he works with.
He has an unwavering desire to get the picture.
Phil began his career as a copy boy in the darkroom at The News where he mixed the chemicals and loaded the bulk rolls of film for the photographers ... as well as got their lunches and fed their parking meters. He watched, listened and learned. Eight months later he was rewarded with a cadetship and has been at it ever since.
Career highlights include many years travelling with the Australian cricket team covering tours in England, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, UAE and the West Indies. He has covered five consecutive Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games, three Cricket World Cups, more than thirty NRL and AFL Grand Finals and countless matches, soccer in South America and the Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
Phil has been recognised for his work winning many national and international awards including nine Walkley Awards. He has twice been named Australian Press Photographer of the Year in 2001 and 2011.
Named as a Canon Master in 2014 he chooses to use the latest Canon cameras and lenses.
Originally from Adelaide and a proud South Australian, he calls Sydney home.
Major Awards include:
· Winner of nine Walkley Awards
· Australian Press Photographer of the Year 2001 and 2011
· Walkley Awards Finalist twelve times
· News Awards winner Best Photo 2007
· News Awards Visual Journalist of the Year 2019
· News Awards Finalist five times
· Gold Prize in Sasakawa World Sports Photo Contest 1998
· Multiple winner of both the Panpa and Kennedy Awards
· IOC sports award 3rd place
· MCC-Wisden International Cricket Photo of the Year 2018
· AFL Awards – Best Action Photo 2007
· Winner CUB Best Australian Sports Writing and Photography 1997